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Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
"Quatermass and the Pit" (original title)

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Andrew Keir ...
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Duncan Lamont ...
Bryan Marshall ...
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Howell
Edwin Richfield ...
Minister
Grant Taylor ...
Police Sergeant Ellis
Maurice Good ...
Sergeant Cleghorn
Robert Morris ...
Jerry Watson
Sheila Steafel ...
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Hugh Futcher ...
Sapper West
Hugh Morton ...
Elderly Journalist
Thomas Heathcote ...
Vicar
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While digging a new subway line in London, a construction crew discovers first: a skeleton, then what they think is an old World War II German missle. Upon closer examination the "missle" appears to be not of this earth! This movie examines the age old question of how we came to be on this planet. It is suprizingly scary. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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All Earth Stands Helpless! Spawned in the depths of outer space -- a monster so horrible, so vicious, so incredible -- even when you see it you won't believe it could be! (U.S. poster) See more »

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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16 February 1968 (USA)  »

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Five Million Years to Earth  »

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£275,000 (estimated)
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The outside broadcast television cameras (and the TV channel glimpsed on a pub monitor) bear the genuine logo of ITV regional broadcaster ABCTV - ironic for an adaption of a serial made by the rival BBC channel. See more »

Goofs

Sladden is going back into the Underground dig site and the lights go out. He takes out his flashlight and someone from off-camera shines a light in front of Sladden to provide the appearance of light shine due to the underpowered flashlight. See more »

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Professor Bernard Quatermass: I never had a career. Only work.
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Music by Dennis Farnon
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Still scary even today...
21 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was about 7. Although we lived in the Central region I saw this on HTV. My memory of it is there for fuzzy. I have seen it again on DVD since.

And this film is great. Unlike many Hammer films story and performance is key here. The story as often been imitated but never topped.

Its a very intelligent horror film which is something we don't get very often anymore. Or at all.

I also recently saw the original BBC TV show and that too is well worth picking up. Its just as good if not better.

This is definitely worth a watch. British cinema at its finest...


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